Action called a procedural matter pending planning board review and approval
One month after a state supreme court judge ruled that Cazenovia College must undergo a full site plan review for its proposed fence project around the Schneeweiss Athletic Complex, the college is moving forward with getting its fence erected by preparing its submission to the village planning board. However, working under a court deadline and wanting to keep its options open, the college also last week filed a notice of appeal with the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York seeking redress for part of State Supreme Court Judge Donald F. Cerio, Jr.’s Oct. 22 decision.
After four months of discussions, public hearings, investigations, surveys and unresolved votes, the Nelson Town Board last week approved a new local law to prohibit parking along the north side of a portion of North Lake Road in Erieville by the Blue Canoe Grill. The law also included a sunset clause stating that after work improving the north side culvert on that same stretch of road is completed next summer, the board will review the parking situation and could possibly reopen parking along the north side if it feels public safety would not be endangered by doing so.
The Nelson Town Board last week unanimously approved the final 2014 town budget, and although the budget did exceed the state tax levy cap by more than $9,000, it also came in with a 5 percent reduction in the town tax rate.
Cazenovia town residents will see their town tax rates increase slightly in 2014, now that the town board has approved the final 2014 town budget.
Tax rate to decrease by approximately 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed value
Due to a higher-than-expected amount of Madison County sales tax revenue for 2013, the final 2014 tax rate for the town of Fenner will decrease by 20 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, town Supervisor Russ Carey said at the town board’s Nov. 13 regular monthly meeting.
As of Jan. 1, 2014, the town of Cazenovia will no longer sell hunting and fishing licenses at the town offices.
Snowshoeing classes expected to begin this winter
L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discovery School in Cazenovia, which started offering kayaking classes in June out of Lakeland Park, turned out to be so successful this year that the company plans to continue its offerings this winter with snowshoeing as well as more classes next summer, Trustee Jim Joseph told the village board at its Nov. 4 meeting.
This year’s AP Government class at Cazenovia High School is taking part in the planning to rezone Village Edge South, the land across from the Tops Plaza. Residents of Cazenovia have been asked to give feedback on the possible design layouts for the Village Edge South property by taking a Visual Preference Survey, offered by the village. The survey is quick, easy and extremely beneficial to the planners of Cazenovia development. The AP Government students have played an instrumental part in promoting the survey throughout the community.
Cazenovia Village Police Department Sgt. Karen Zaleski and Officer Chad Chapman both received letters of citation last Monday, Nov. 4, at the regular monthly meeting of the village board of trustees for actions they took during this past year that showed outstanding professional performance as they carried out their duties.
With the absentee ballots now counted by the Madison County Board of Elections, it is verified that both of the Cazenovia ballot proposals were approved by town voters.
It was recently announced that the residential punch card fee for the Madison County Landfill will remain stable for 2014 at $13.50 for a five punches. Municipalities and agents selling punch cards will continue to receive 35 cents per punch card sold.
After a close election night lead of only a handful of votes, the Republican candidates for town supervisor and town board in Fenner have maintained their leads and apparently been elected by the voters.
Practically the entire East Lake Road neighborhood by Owera Vineyards attended a town planning board public hearing last week concerning Owera’s proposal to build an events building. The neighbors showed up to not only oppose the winery’s proposed new building but also to demand an audit of the winery’s books to determine whether or not it has been holding its numerous weddings and events in violation of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets law.
After a nearly two-hour meeting and public hearing last week, the Cazenovia Town Planning Board told Owera Vineyards owner Peter Muserlian that it will not approve his request to build a new events building on his East Lake Road property unless and until the state Department of Agriculture and Markets makes a determination that the building — and the numerous proposed, year-round events that will be held inside it — actually have anything to do with farming and with promoting Owera’s wines, as the state DAM laws say they must.
Town clerk proposition, however, could change with absentee votes
With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Cazenovia voters apparently approved two ballot propositions in last night's vote, saying a definite yes to changing the town supervisor term of office from two years to four years, and a likely yes to changing the town clerk from an elected position to an appointed one. The town clerk proposition approval, however, only passed by 35 votes at the ballot box, and there are 61 absentee ballots waiting to be counted by the county board of elections, and 23 more absentee ballots that can still be received by Monday, Nov. 11.